Work Life Quiz: Peter Crowther, Dewey & LeBoeuf

Peter Crowther

What was your first-ever job?

Working in a factory in Germany during A-levels.  I thought my knowledge of German was appalling until I realised everyone was speaking Turkish.


What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?

My cordless home phone died late at night while ­discussing a key point with senior counsel. I had to get my neighbours out of bed to borrow their phone.

Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?

Mind your own business.


What time do you usually leave the office?

Physically, usually about 8-9pm. Virtually, rarely.


What do you do at weekends?

Try to be a full-time family member.


What’s your favourite ­restaurant?

The London and LA Asia de Cuba restaurants.


If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?

Less happy, I think.


What’s your favourite film?

Whatever keeps the kids quiet for a while.


What was the first record you ever bought?

I Want to Break Free by Queen.


Who’s your hero and why?

My wife. Many reasons, but basically I hope our kids turn out like her.


What’s the best thing about your job?

Never a dull moment.


What’s the toughest thing about your job?

Never a dull moment.


What’s your biggest work/career mistake and what did you learn from it?

Doing the LPC part-time while working in private practice was a pretty tough couple of years. Lesson?  One thing at a time, ­sometimes.


What car do you drive?



What book are you currently reading?

A coursebook for the qualification of Yachtmaster.


What’s your favourite ­children’s book?

The Horrid Henry series is a current favourite, although the Jack Stalwart books are coming up the ranks (stealthily).


What’s the most exciting deal/case you’ve worked on and why?

I’m fortunate to have worked on some very ­interesting cases, including ones that are ongoing.


If you were stranded on a desert island, what two ­luxury items would you take?

A boat and fishing rod.


What’s the worst partner ­conference location you’ve attended and why?

Waterloo, London. I thought the building was about to collapse and in fact it was demolished (after we’d left).


What’s the longest you’ve worked without sleep?

With three young kids, I think it’s been about six years. Before then I didn’t sleep much for about a week when I decided to finish off my PhD.


If a movie was made about your life, which actor would play you and why?

Presumably someone ­desperate for a job.


Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?

Apart from anyone with no regard for human rights and welfare, myself. The chat would be a bit dull.

Tell us two truths and one lie about yourself (in any order)

I’m riding an old ­motorcycle across part of the Himalayas in the ­summer with a friend of mine; my wife organised the trip as a surprise; I don’t want to go.


Name: Peter Crowther

Firm: Dewey & LeBoeuf

Title: Partner

Lives: London


1988-92: BA Law and German, Keele ­University

1992-93: MSt Law and Economics, Oxford University

1997: PhD, Copenhagen Business School

1997-99: LPC College of Law, London

Work history:

1993-95: Lecturer in law, Brunel University

1995-97: Research fellow then Jean Monnet Professor of ­European Law, Copenhagen Business School

1997-99: Trainee, Norton Rose

1999-2001: Consultant then partner, ­Rosenblatt Solicitors

2001-02: Partner, Tite & Lewis

2002-present: Senior associate then partner, Dewey & LeBoeuf